Monday, August 26, 2019

More!!! Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

I have a couple more cards for the Altenew August Inspiration challenge.

I have again used the floating die cut technique but this time I inked white card stock with Pink Diamond, Ruby Red and Grapevine crisp ink.

I cut the leaves using the large leafy stem and small leaf from the Angelique Motifs die set.

I cut the centre portion with a Hero Arts rectangle die and adhered the frame to white card stock with foam adhesive.

The centre portion is also adhered to white card stock with foam tape. Both cards are embellished with Pretty Pink Posh confetti.

It was fun to challenge myself to use just dies for these cards.

Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

I combined the Altenew challenge with a new to me technique, floating die cuts.

I used the Altenew Sweet Violet stamp and die set and Crisp Inks in Pink Diamond, Ruby Red and Grapevine for the flowers and Firefly, Grass Field and Shadow Creek for the leaves.
I added a bit of pencil crayon to the flower centres in purple and navy blue. The black frame is cut with the Fine Frames Cover die
The die cuts are all adhered with foam adhesive to create the "floating" effect and I've embellished with some Pretty Pink Posh confetti to add a bit of shine.

Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Altenew Spotlight| Antique Engraving Die-Two Looks


I often struggle to create sympathy cards that just hit the right 'tone'. While in the midst of organizing my Altenew products and watching a Jennifer McGuire video I came across the Antique Engravings cover die and decided to to create a die cut inlay card.

The outline image was die cut from grey card stock with the Antique Engravings cover die and then adhered to white card stock with liquid adhesive. I then applied Cut N Bond double sided adhesive to the back side the green leafy paper from the Altenew 6x6 Sweet Moments paper pack and ran this through my die cut machine.

The grey die cut is then adhered to a 5 1/4" x 4" white card stock and pieces from the patterned paper are inlaid within the negative spaces of the die cut.

I did have some trouble with some of the smaller pieces of the die cut but since the outline is glued on to white card stock it's not noticeable as the pattern paper has a lot of white space.

The sentiment is from the Wildflower Garden stamp set and it's heat embossed with Pure White Embossing powder.
 Lastly, I added 3 frames cut from black card stock with the Fine Frames Cover Die to frame the entire image.

Inlaying the patterned paper means I have a patterned paper die cut to use so I created a second sympathy card, I love techniques that make it possible to create two cards quickly, means efficient crafting :).

This one is super simple, just adhered the die cut to a grey notecard, stamped the sentiment from Birchland stamp set which just happens to be on sale right now :).

I added a few navy pearls from my stash to complete the card.

Thanks for popping in and taking a look! 

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lawn Fanatics Challenge #58-Interactive Cards

I loved this challenge! The hardest part was trying to decide what kind of interactive card to make :). I combined a few different Lawn Fawn stamp sets with the reveal wheel for this card.

Here is a closer look at the reveal wheel sentiments:

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Lawn Fawn Get Well Before N Afters

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Sunset Backgrounds + Altenew Stamps

I took some time this past weekend to practice ink blending with my Distress Oxide inks. I created these 4 sunset backgrounds.

These backgrounds are perfect for creating a silhouette stamped scene with solid image stamps. I used the bottom left and top right panels.

First, the panel from the bottom left:
This is inked with Distress Oxide inks in Carved Pumpkin, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire. I let it sit for a day or so to be absolutely sure it was dry before stamping the silhouettes.

This Altenew set Love You So Mush is a layering stamp set so I used only the bottom layer for this technique. I stamped them with Altenew Jet Black crisp dye ink which creates a chalkboard like black image when stamped over the Distress Oxide. You could use a black pigment ink and heat emboss with clear powder if you want a very crisp black image over the distress oxide. I think the Altenew Permanent ink would give a nice crisp black result.

This second card is inked with Distress Oxide inks in Scattered Straw, Abandoned Coral and Dusty Concord.
When I first inked these card panels I had this stamp set in mind to use, it's the Altenew Wildflower Garden stamp set. I have not made too many sympathy cards, I tend to struggle with creating them so this technique works very well for sympathy cards.

A close up look at the inking and stamping followed by links to the products used or suggested😊

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Thanks so very much for stopping in!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Altenew May 2019 Inspiration Challenge


I'm just managing to squeeze this in for the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge, so happy to have completed it before the deadline! Here is the inspiration:

Click HERE to see the challenge post.

I was so very inspired by the colours, especially the idea of a lone pop of pink/purple amongst the greys/greens and even more so by the idea of a focal point photo layered over strips of paper. My recent trip to see BTS with my daughter provided a number of great photos and I chose this one of Jungkook's solo.

I've echoed the strips of paper by trimming a piece of dotted patterned paper from the Altenew Live Your Dream collection and adhering to the centre of a 12x12 white card stock. I've then layered strips of silver glitter card stock and gray and green card stock over the patterned paper. 

Here's a look at the paper strip placement layout along with a view of the Studio Katia clear drops from my stash. 
'Euphoria' is not only the title of this layout but the song Jungkook sang as he zip lined over the adoring fans while singing.

I matted the photo on white card stock and then black card stock. It's then matted on white card stock that has been inked over the Altenew Elegant Swirl Stencil with Morning Frost, Evening Grey and Moon Rock inks and also matted on black card stock.
The pink/purple-ish colours of the concert photo are my interpretation of the flower in the inspiration photo.
I added a Live Your Dream chipboard floral in a similar colour. The photo mat is embellished with Live Your Dream chipboard and the title alphas are the Live Your Dream puffy letter stickers.

My daughter loves the layout and it was fun to make it for her.

Thanks for taking a closer look!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Zentangle for Cardmakers| New Altenew Class

I am currently participating in the newest Altenew class, Zentangle for Cardmakers and it is a fantastic class! It is taught by Amber Davis a certified Altenew Educator and Zentangle teacher. The first lesson is about "aura" and here is my card:

I masked off the centre of a 4 /14" x 5 1/2" white card stock front and stamped the large bloom from the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp  in Altenew Permanent Black Crisp ink. I then stamped the second layer of the floral in Altenew Turquoise Crisp Dye Ink. I then "tangled" the flower with a Pigma Micron .01 black pen, outlined the frame with a Pigma Micron .05 and a ruler and stamped a leaf in Altenew Sea Breeze crisp dye ink from the Wildflower Garden stamp set.

The panel was trimmed to size and then mounted on a black card stock base. Clear Studio Katia drops are adhered with liquid glue for the final embellishments.

So looking forward to the next lessons in the class! Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Altenew January Inspiration Challenge


I am playing along with the Altenew January Inspiration Challenge:

I am in love with this colour combination and was also inspired by this card by Norine Borys.

I painted 4 pieces of watercolour paper with a combination of Altenew watercolour markers and Altenew pan watercolours. These watercolour pens are fabulous, the colours are so vibrant and opaque. They mix wonderfully with the watercolour pans so you can get just the shade you want.

This piece is a mix of watercolour marker inks in Dusk and Emerald.

This piece is a mix of Altenew watercolour pan ink in Orange Cream and Altenew watercolour marker in Autumn Blaze.

I mixed Crimson from the watercolour pan set and rubellite from the watercolour marker set to create the red paper.

Let's take a look at my card and then I will describe how I created it.

{supplies: Altenew Create a Wreath dies; Hello sentiment Pinstripe stamp set; Altenew 36 pan watercolour set; Altenew Watercolour Markers}

After I painted the watercolour papers as described earlier, I die cut them using the Altenew Create a Wreath die set. I retained the inner pieces of leafy die cuts to fill in some pieces after I determined the placement.
The die includes both a circle and oval "wreath" shape and I die cut the circle wreath out of white card stock to help determine my foliage placement.

Here is a closer look at the die cuts along with the gold Studio Katia sequins I added. It's hard to see but I also added A Wink of Stella clear glitter marker over all the die cuts.

Here is another look at the full card:

Now that I am a certified Altenew Educator I am brainstorming class ideas and maybe this could be one!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

AECP Level 3 Final Challenge| 2 for 1 Card Workshop

It felt like I took such a long time to get to the final level challenge but once the date was set it arrived quickly!

The Challenge
-teach a 2 hour class in a classroom/workshop setting
-detail pre-workshop planning and details (via email)
-deliver workshop to 4-10 students and share live with Altenew team members via internet
-share post workshop report, class projects and reflections on workshop


After choosing the class date, I began brainstorming ideas for the class itself and this was a big challenge because I had so very many ideas!  

I wrote down a bunch of ideas keeping in mind the Altenew classes I have previously completed.

I created a few different cards and made my final choices for the class content based on my main goal.

The main goal was for students to use a variety of Altenew products and experience the versatility of the products as well. 

Kits were prepared for each student with all basic supplies to make each card pre-cut, scored and one element pre-heat embossed.

Class Projects

The theme of the workshop was 2 for 1: Creating 2 cards from 1 stamp and/or technique.

Card #1- Happy Duo

An Altenew Mega Greetings die cut was used 2 ways, the negative portion as a card front and the word itself as the focus.

Card #2-Floral Duo

Two cards created by stamping the same layout in 2 different colour families and masking off a portion of the card front.

Card #3-Mom/Dad

We stamped and heat embossed one card panel, cut it apart and created a masculine and feminine card.

After a slow start, due to some technical difficulties setting up the live stream with Altenew, the students opened up their kits and crafted for 2 solid hours. 
The students enjoyed using a variety of Altenew products, they were especially impressed with the inks.

We were not able to complete all the cards however here is a photo of the group with their cards:


My students were all experienced crafters so they were an easy group to instruct.   

It is definitely important to have multiple supplies especially if the projects are complicated.

Six cards were very ambitious, this group of experienced crafters were only able to complete 3-4 in the allotted time.

I will be much more mindful of the complexity of the project, skill level of the students and number of supplies required to complete each project in future workshops.

In closing, thank you Karla, Genny, Stacey, Virginia, Aimee and Erica for being my students. 

Thank you Virginia, Nicole and Erum from Altenew for hanging out with us via Facebook. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Lawn Fawn Fanatics Challenge #42

Winter Holidays!!

I ran across the Lawn Fawn Snow Cool stamp set in my stash and was inspired to create this double slider surprise card for the challenge:

I created a night sky with Distress Oxide inks in Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. I then stamped the snow with the snow stamp from the Snow Cool set in embossing ink and then heat embossed with Lawn Fawn textured embossing powder.

 I die cut white glitter card stock with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside borders for the front and slider panels of the card.
All images are coloured with Copic Markers, I used a hole punch to punch "snowballs" from the glitter card stock.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment from die cut strips cut with the rectangle die in the double slider die set and spread them across all three panels.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

More!!! Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

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